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>> kelly: hello, i'm kelly wright. >> jamie: i'm jamie colby. topping the news, after days of protests, government forces open fire on a crowd of mourners in libya, reportedly killing more than a dozen people and raising the estimated death toll in the country to almost 100. >> kelly: in bahrain, protesters there flowing back into pearl square, bahrain's crown prince tries to ease tensions there. we'll get a complete roundup of
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all the political hot spots in the middle east coming up. >> jamie: also gusts up to 50 miles per hour in some areas, including washington where the national christmas tree came tumbling down. >> kelly: this is a fox news alert. thousands of pro-union demonstrators descending upon madison, wisconsin today protesting a bill that would strip them of most of their collective bargaining rights. today they were met by tea party groups rallying for the governor's plan. this as antiunion protesters tell fox news that doctors are handing out sick notes to those missing work. no questions asked. mike tobin is live in madison where protests have died down for the day. mike, can you tell us more about these so-called sick notes said to be handed out by so-called doctors? >> i certainly can. one of the keys to a demonstration like this is get the numbers of people on the street up. that particularly from the state
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employees and the pro-union people. the idea is keep as much pressure as possible on governor walker and republicans here in the wisconsin statehouse. but what if you've already missed work? what if you want to miss work in the future to continue keeping the numbers up? get yourself a doctor's note, just like this one. they're handing them out right here on the street corner. no illness necessary. few questions asked. in fact, it's so easy, one of our producers got a note. >> so i take your name and birthday. this is for our record. >> do i need to sign anything? do i just bring it in? >> bring it to your employer. >> you need my i.d.? >> you can show me your i.d. >> is that what you need? >> yeah. >> it's 12476. how long is it good for? >> you have to give me the dates that you've been sick for. >> last thursday. >> okay. >> we're probably going to go through next tuesday, if that's
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okay? that's fine. >> i can see this note is signed. it's got a printed name on here. even a wisconsin license number. all part of the effort to keep the numbers out here. as it really appears there is an impasse. the state workers, the pro-union people say they are willing to compromise on a couple of points. they're willing to ante up when it comes to health care and pensions, but no one is willing to budge on the issue of collective bargaining. republican in the state house say there isn't money that gives them room to budge. back to you in new york. >> kelly: mike tobin reporting live from madison, wisconsin. wisconsin is in the hole by $3.6 billion. this is what's on the table right now. cut the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, which would prevent them from -- prevent them from negotiating benefits, hours and working conditions. they would, however, still be able to bargain over salary. public workers would be required to contribute more money toward pension and health insurance plans. payments would rise to almost 6%
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for pension benefits and more than 12% for health care plans. >> jamie: don't forget to tune in to fox news sunday tomorrow. chris wallace has an exclusive interview with wisconsin's governor, scott walker. he's behind all of this, about the budget problems in his state and the massive protests resulting there. you'll want to check your local listings for the time and channel for fox news sunday. governor walker isn't alone in his idea of cutting union workers benefits to balance the budget. virginia governor bob mcdonald spoke to america's news headquarters in the last hour. >> the governors are taking the tough stance and making the tough choices to balance the budget because we have balanced budget requirements. so i applaud the governor for saying look, i've got a $3.7 billion deficit over the next couple of years. there is no way we can get there without having some reduction, some shared sacrifice, and i applaud him for his leadership. we've done that in virginia as well. i've had proposals to try to
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reduce the unfunded liabilities in our pension system and i think governors around the country are having to make these tough choices. >> jamie: later in the hour, we'll take a look at some of the other states considering taking action similar to what you're seeing unfold in wisconsin. >> kelly: ma marathon session for house lawmakers wrapping up this morning in washington. the result, a bill to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year that could trim $61 billion from the federal budget. peter doocy has the story in washington. >> congressmen and women showed up at capitol hill around 9:00 o'clock, the same time most americans go to work. they didn't get to punch out here until 4:45 this morning because believe it or not, after days of debate, that's how long it took to pass the $1.2 trillion spending legislation to fund the federal government until the end of the fiscal year. basically vote along party lines. every democrat voted against it. every republican voted for it, except for three, john campbell,
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jeff blake, and walter jones. look at the scene on the house floor in the chamber right at the end of that very long workday. >> on this vote, the yays are 235, the nays are 189. the bill is passed. >> the bill is $1.2 trillion, along with that, $61 billion in cuts from 2010 level which is include a ban of federal money for planned parenthood, cuts in dozens of federal agencies, including the epa and the irs and a complete prohibition of any money going toward the health care law. john boehner said in a statement at 4:47 a.m., these are some of the largest spending cuts in american history and, quote, cutting federal spending is critical to reducing economic uncertainty, encouraging private sector vote and creating a better environment for job creation in our country. we will not stop here in our efforts to stop spending, not when we're broke and washington's spending binge is making it hard tore create jobs. one minute later, the top democrat in the house, former
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speaker nancy pelosi said, quote, the republican spending bill destroys jobs and their reaction is so be it. democrats have a different message. show us the jobs. so the current speaker and former speaker disagree about this house version of the bill, which is now going to get sent to the senate. they're expected to take a look sometime the first week of march. but keep in mind, they do have a deadline because march 4, the federal government runs out of money. so if they can't figure something out by then, there is a chance the government could shut down and they've got their work cut out for them, republicans, because the democratic majority leader harry reid already said he thinks this bill is draconian. >> kelly: all right, peter, thank you. >> jamie: taking a look now at some of the other cuts making up the more than $60 billion the house signed off on, $450 million in funding for the f 35 joint striker fighter alternative engine program. $34 million for the national drug intelligence center. $2 million for the interior department bureau of land management.
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$8.4 million for the epa's greenhouse gas registry. and $20.5 million in funding cut for the national endowment for the arts. >> kelly: president obama saying in his weekly address, today he considers education to be the key to boosting our nation's economy. >> if we want to win the global competition for new jobs and industries, we've got to win the global competition to educate our people. we've got to have the best trained, best skilled work force in the world. that's how we'll insure that the next intel or google or next microsoft is created in america and hire american workers. >> kelly: but republicans say rein not guilty government spending is the most important issue going forward. congressman tom price questioning the president's commitment to making the hard decisions. >> i find it astounding that the president has submitted a budget that ignores the recommendations of his own fiscal commission and it punts on all of the tough choice, including entitlement
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reform. instead, he's expanded entitlements through obamacare, a government takeover that will destroy 800,000 jobs, according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office and accelerate our path to fiscal ruin. this issue demands presidential leadership, something the president so far just seems unwilling to offer. >> jamie: president obama saying thinks refusal to put forward a plan is actually smart leadership because his critics who automatically dismiss anything he proposes. is this the best way for a president to lead? here now, tony, a republican political consultant and doug, democratic pollster and fox news contributor, gentlemen, good to see both of you. >> hi. >> good to see you. >> jamie: is this a good strategy, doug? >> well, i don't think so, jamie. i think that both parties, frankly, have been negligent. i think the president should show leadership by calling a bipartisan budget summit of the
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type that ken conrad, the chairman of the senate committee recommended and i think the republican cuts go way too far for a continuing resolution and with all due respect, the congressman price, i think the republicans failed to take on entitlements, too. so i think both parties are to blame and the american people are the losers as a result. >> jamie: tony, when you take a look at the obama model as it's being called and you look at health care and the fact that the president wasn't specific about what he wanted, and he still got sweeping change, the status of it is not what it was. however, it worked for him. maybe it will work on the budget. >> when president obama was working on the health care bill, you had a super majority for democrats in the house and senate, which essentially meant republicans need not be part of those deliberations, nor were they really in a meaningful way. this is a very different washington that the president is dealing with. you have a really strong fiscally conservative republican majority in the house, as we've seen with the cuts in this continuing resolution and he have a weakened democratic majority in the senate.
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22 of whom of the democrats are running for reelection in 2012 with the president, many conservative and moderate states. they're not going to be able to just be the i vote that they were this past session. so the p has to work in a meaningful bipartisan way on this one issue of entitlement reform that absorbs every dime of our federal tax revenue. not one thing, not one dime of tax dollars is spent on anything other than entitlement reform that's not deficit spending and that's a problem. >> jamie: doug, you've advised presidents in the past. president clinton specifically. what would you advise president obama in terms of taking leadership now, what he's done so far versus what he should do in the future? >> jamie, i told bill clinton in 1995, unless he did a deal on a balanced budget, he would not be reelected. he did the deal, he was reelected. i'd say the same thing to president obama. the american people are demanding leadership on entitlement reform, on tax reform and reining in spending.
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but they're not looking for piecemeal approaches and the best way for the president to operate is to lead, get together with the republicans and come to consensus. that's what the american people want. and that's what's required for him to serve and ultimately to achieve his goal of getting reelected. >> jamie: tony, are we getting any closer to that bipartisanship? >> the president just appointed a bipartisan commission with two excellent men, one republican, al simpson, one democrat heading that commission. they came up with meaningful reforms, things that would really make social security, medicare and medicaid solvent and reduce the deficit and their exposure to more deficit. the president rejected those proposals from his commission. you heard from paul ryan, the republican chairman of the budget committee. he at least has proposed something that looks like reform. the only person we've not heard from is the president and that's going to be a problem with this congress. >> jamie: doug, how much of that will the public absorb? >> well, that's unclear.
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the president is betting with this extreme republican majority in the house that he's going to look like a moderate in comparison to policies that go way beyond what the american people voted for in november. it's an open question because there is a strong desire, jamie, for change and for cutting spending, but when you have the tea party group pushing the republicans as far as they've gone, it's anyone's guess how it will play out. >> jamie: tony, you have the speaker saying -- speaker boehner, we're broke. >> absolutely. the american people are saying we're broke. look what happened in 2010. one of the most watershed elections since the 1930s as far as the midterm. but doug mentioned something very important when he referred to his advice to bill clinton. bill clinton was a governor of a state. he understood what it was to be an executive leader and he took good advice and was able to save his presidency and actually do some good things with the republican congressman for the country. the president doesn't have that kind of experience. but look where the leadership is now. it's in new jersey with chris
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christie. in wisconsin with scott walker. maine with governor la page, ohio with that governor. this is where the real reform is happening and the people are ready for it and understand that the time is now. >> jamie: doug, let me go back to you for one second before we leave. the commission that was appointed, the president does seem to have steered clear of the advice. in fact, they've even spoken out and said, what about what we instead what happens with that? do they disband or try again? >> here is what's going to happen. you're absolutely right and tony is right. the president has ignored the findings of the bipartisan commission. it is a good report that would cut $3.7 trillion over the next ten years. 80% from revenue cuts, 20% from revenue increases. the president should put it before congress, ask for an up or down vote, and say to his republican colleagues, we have bipartisanship on that commission. we need it now in the congress to get it through. the fact that he's not using it
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at the very least as a starting point is a huge mistake substantialtive lee and politically. >> jamie: thank you very much. >> thank you. >> kelly: fox news alert. bloodshed on the streets of libya. security forces reportedly gunning down more than a dozen people as they left a funeral for antigovernment protesters. the deaths pushing the estimated death toll from the government's crack down to nearly 100. julie banderas live now in new york with more details. >> a witness on the ground in libya calls this the worst unrest in the time of gadaffi's power. word spread that dozens of protesters were killed in clashes today with libyan security forces and reports of snipers firing at mourners at a funeral for one of the victims. human rights and opposition groups now saying at least 100 people have been killed in attacks across the country.
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thousands have taken to the streets over the last few days, calling for an end to the 41 year reign of gadaffi. he has since created a near total news blackout, shutting down the internet to silence protesters and foreign media. exact figures of people killed are tough to get to as a result. celebrations erupted in bahrain's pearl square after the country's royal family ordered the military to leave the area and not attack protesters. thousands fought through riot police and tear gas to regain control of the square. the central rallying point of the uprising. days of violence led to at least five people being killed by security forces. gun fire also being heard in the yemeni capitol on the tenth day of protests. riot police and government supporters opened fire, killing at least one protester and wounding five. police are demanding abdullah saleh step down after 32 years
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in power. clashes reported today in kuwait where police fired tear gas at hundreds gathered there running on the streets. algae i can't, baton wielding police overwhelmed and beat back protesters, calling for the country's 73-year-old ruler to step down. and as many as 15,000 people demonstrated against tunisia's movement promoting religious tolerance after a priest was killed. tunisia has been in flux since a uprise not guilty january forced their president to flee, sending shock waves through the arab world and opening the door to what has now become widespread protests throughout the region. kelly? >> kelly: so much going on there. julie banderas, thank you so much. we'll get a live report from bahrain later in the show where crowds are still occupying the square in the middle of the night there. >> jamie: we're seeing extreme weather in the nation's capitol. severe winds knocking over the
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national christmas tree that stood near the white house. the colorado blue spruce planted there over three decades ago. now it's down. maria molina, when is spring coming? >> oh, not any time soon. we actually are expecting more snow here in new york city as we kick off our workweek. for now we have to talk about the wind and that's all across northeast, not just in dc, but also philadelphia, new york city, and even across massachusetts and connecticut. one report of a wind gust of over 70 miles per hour in massachusetts. so this is pretty blustery day for today and wind gusts in excess of 50 miles an hour have been reported across much of the region. these are in effect until tonight and even until tomorrow early morning, for massachusetts and connecticut. the reason for all of this is the area of low pressure right off the coast and this will slowly move eastward.
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we'll see improvement and the winds dying down as we head into tomorrow and actually into sunday morning because high pressure moving into our area. but then we have to watch our second area of low pressure further west. this system is going to rapidly intensify tonight into tomorrow morning. we'll see windy conditions across the plains and that will keep moving eastward into the great lakes area and northeast and that also, jamie, will be bringing in snow to the upper midwest. talking about blizzard conditions there. >> jamie: including in wisconsin where we're watching all the action. thanks a lot. >> kelly: a faceoff going on between neonazis, folks looking to disrupt their march and police. this is the aftermath that you're looking at. we'll show you the confrontation next. >> jamie: one day after a violent crackdown on antigovernment protesters, bahraini security forces are now backing off. we're going to talk with someone that's in the middle of that, but you are looking at wisconsin. >> kelly: folks at auburn university mourning the deaths of the school's 130-year-old oak
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>> kelly: pro union supporters peacefully facing off against backers of governor scott walker in madison, wisconsin. the governor wants to reform the rights of public employees as a way to tackle staggering budget deficits. violent clashes breaking out in germany. police using tear gas and water cannons to separate neonazis and counter demonstrators. the far right commemorate ago deadly 1945 bombing on the city. and back here, auburn university crowds mourning the destruction of the school's 130-year-old oak trees. a university of alabama football fan is charged with poisoning the trees after auburn defeated its team. >> jamie: protesters in bahrain moving back into the main square of the capitol city now. the scene of a deadly crackdown of antigovernment demonstrators. becoming a familiar scene. now the royal family there has ordered the troops and the riot police to withdraw.
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on the phone from bahrain, a research fellow with the new america foundation. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> jamie: how violent would it get? >> well, today was very peaceful. the military pulled out of the central square downtown and the protesters actually came with flowers to meet the military today, but when the military pulled out, they came back into the square and the security forces responded by firing tear gas and stunt grenades at us. but now everything is peaceful. protesters are camping out. >> jamie: it's the middle of the night there and from what i understand, there are still people in the streets. it was a little bit more celebratory today. but prior to that, there were a number of deaths associated with this. what do you think led to the royal family's pullback of the police and of the military? >> there has been a lot of international pressure on the
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bahraini monarchy after up to six to ten people were killed this week. they responded to this pressure by pulling back the forces. they do not want to see too much violence and it getting out of hand that. is probably why we see the pull back of the military. >> jamie: what do the people there want? >> well, there are a number of requests and demands that the people are making. 730% of the -- 70% of the sunnies compose 30, are demanding more government jobs and end to corruption. >> jamie: what are the chances they will get what they want? i know they are to a certain extent, celebrating in the streets and glad the violence has subsided. but will they get what they're asking for? >> there is a very slim chance that the regime is going to capitulate to their demands. if the regime does capitulate, it would mean an end to the monday yary and sunni rule because the shia make up -- the
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saudi arabia is just next door here and they put a lot of pressure on the bahrainis to clamp down on the unrest. we are hearing reports that saudi tanks came across the border, into bahrain to quell these protests. so there is a lot of pressure not only within domestic pressure, not to give in, but also from the saudis who fear unrest spreading over into saudi arabia, jamie. >> jamie: in the meantime, what is life like for the people there? >> well, it's much different than what we saw in egypt where i was last week. people are very wealthy here. i think gdp is 20, $25,000. people want political and social reforms. they're not talking so much about economic reforms here. they want their fair slice of the pie. the shia want 65% of the popular vote in the october elections. but they only have 45% of the share of the parliament. they want their majority rule here. and that is pretty much the
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basic request that they have. >> jamie: having been in cairo and covering what unfolded there, what is your feeling about what was achieved? >> well, in cairo, great things were achieved. the people's voice was heard. they overthrew authoritarian leader that ruled for 30 years and they're paving the way for democracy and a more transparent rule and a more responsive rule in egypt. here, however, things are probably going to play out differently because the regime has so much more to lose at stake. in egypt, the end of the mubarak era meant that he, his wife and two sons had to step down from power. here it means whole family, a whole ruling family, a whole monarchy, thousands of princes would have to step down and probably leave if the shiites took over. there's a lot more at stake here than there was in egypt for the ruling family. >> jamie: we are getting a history lesson in places around the world we never really had followed. thank you for bringing it to us
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>> kelly: the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. libyan forces opening fire on mourners leaving a funeral for
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antigovernment protesters. a hospital reporting 15 people are now dead and dozens more wounded. >> jamie: police in kuwait firing tear gas while trying to break up hundreds of protesters demanding citizenship. a human rights group reporting around 7 people injured. >> kelly: algeria police breaking up a protest on the streets of algiers. the police using clubs and shields to break the crowd into smaller groups to keep them from marching. >> jamie: and this is a fox news alert, the showdown in madison, wisconsin, we've been reporting, pitting public employee unions against republican governor and gop-led legislature rivetting the country. not just the around the clock drama, all the people showing up in the streets because the outcome in the badger state could have a huge impact for states and unions all across america. caroline shively live in washington with more on that. >> hi there. governor walker says the choice
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is stark with a $3.6 billion budget shortfall, he can either limit collective bargaining and make them pay more for health care and pensions, or lay off 6,000 workers. lawmakers are watching to see which way it goes. ohio has a similar measure. protests broke out with union supporters marching in the state house and tea party members outside. on tuesday issues the state senate is scheduled to vote on the bill limiting collective bargaining. the ohio democratic party is already calling for demonstrators to bring down the measure. they're also using it as a fundraising opportunity. in addition to wisconsin and ohio, bills limiting collective bargaining for some public employees are being debated in tennessee, indiana and nevada right now and other states may follow suit. florida's governor is calling for pension reform. the governors may have momentum for some of the measure, but the unions have plenty of money to fight them. according to the cato institute, during 2007 and 08, public sector unions spent $165 million
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on campaigns and ballot measures. this year it's estimated unions could spend $30 million to fight bills in dozens of states. many union backers in wisconsin say they understand governor walker's dilemma, but don't want to hand over that much of their power and paychecks to the statehouse. the governor says he has no other choice. jamie, back to you. >> jamie: thanks. >> kelly: wisconsin said to be one of nine states with republican governors looking to cut public union workers wages, pensions and end their right to collective bargaining. will we see more protests like the ones this week taking place in wisconsin and what needs to be done to resolve the issue? let's bring in patricia powell, the founder and ceo of the powell financial group. thank you for joining us. when you look at the situation going on in wisconsin, you got to wonder will this happen to other states like ohio and some of the other following suit. so many people are watching wisconsin because this is where
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collective bargaining began. >> it's kind of interesting. quite frankly, i'm not antiunion. but when you look at what is going on and you look at the magnitude of these numbers, you just know that this cannot continue. we have kicked the can as far down the road as we can. and these governors and there is about nine of these new governors taking on these issues, they're cleaning up everybody else's mess. they didn't create this mess. this mess was handed to them and they're looking at do i continue down the same road and destroy what's going on or do i create a fiscally responsible environment that actually can deliver on more promises to more of the people out there? >> kelly: you were talking about the numbers. let's show you quickly for our viewers the kinds of numbers we're talking about with the states. let's begin with ohio. ohio facing an $8 billion shortfall. $10.8 billion debt. $2.9 billion unfunded pensions. you can best believe that governor kasich is concerned about what might unfold.
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will he see a wisconsin take place there? tennessee $2.7 billion debt. $2.7 billion unfunded pensions. and the list goes on with other states. look at michigan. look at that, $11.5 billion unfunded pensions. this is crazy. >> this is what they admit to. >> kelly: illinois and who else? one other state, virginia real quickly. governor bob mcdonald talking to us in the last hour stating that he had a $2.3 billion shortfall and look at the unfunded pension there. $10.7 billion. >> looks pretty bad. >> kelly: it looks pretty bad. >> it's inch, much, much worse. >> kelly: you're saying it's worse? >> there is so much smoke and mirrors going on with the pension accounting throughout the united states, it would make bernie madoff proud. the pugh research center, i think people know who they are, they had a major study and they went through all 50 states and
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added up the unfunded, the unfunded liabilities that we have to all of these state workers for retirement benefits. that's not just pension, it's also -- you would promise them health care. what else did we do? $1 trillion gap. a trillion dollars gap. it is unfathomable what we would have to do to bridge that gap. >> kelly: let me get this straight. as we look at the protesters in wisconsin and obviously we have those who are for governor walker's plan to try to reduce the deficit and reduce some of the -- put limitation on collective bargaining, but then we look at those who are representing their unions, firefighters, teachers, they're watching this and they're not paying any of the pain. they don't want to pay the pain. >> there was a little canary on the call line in alabama and there was a small pension plan
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of 150 retirees that they just ran out of money this last december and suddenly, no pension for these poor 150 people who were just depending on this. imagine you're a little clerk and you're expecting a little pension check and nothing. so they have to get on board. rational union leaders have to get on board because they have to know that if you want to keep some benefits, if you want to have the best chance, the sooner you do something, the better the chances that you will deliver on most of these promises. if you look what they're asking in illinois, it is so tiny. they're asking for people to go from 0.2% -- >> kelly: in wisconsin? >> yes, i'm sorry. which is what they pay into their pension now to 5.8%. they're asking them to go from about 4 to 8% into their health care plan to 12%. do you know that the majority of workers in this country do not have a pension and what they're being asked to do is pay for other people's pensions. the majority of workers in this country, when they have health
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care, they pay significantly more than 12.5%. we're really shifting the burden from people who are trying to make their own ends meet. >> kelly: people are saying that they're going to waste away their future if they can't keep their collective bargaining or their pension intact, yet there is no money in the budget to take care of it. why should we care? >> we should care because we -- first of all, we should care because for several reasons, we need to have good teachers, we need to have firefighters. we need to have police. but we need services. we need services to go on. you don't want to call up that 911 line and find there is nobody on the other end. you don't want to send your grandson to kindergarten and find the teacher isn't there, he's going to be an aide. so we have to get a handle on this. and it's in teacher's best interests, i feel like the teachers think they're under siege. people are not anti-teacher or anti-firefighter or police. what they're saying, we need rational discussion about how to make this work.
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>> kelly: i hear you loud and clear. giving us all the facts and some very cold hard sobering facts. stop kicking the can, pilot the bullet, we'll all have to put in some pain in order to get gain down the road. >> absolutely. >> kelly: thank you very much. >> jamie: good to see you. some doctors are calling it a revolution in cardiac care. casey stegall live in arizona at one hospital taking part in test trials for the heart attack pager, casey? >> yeah. very surprising. in fact, what this amounts to, doctors being able to actually predict heart attacks before any major damage is done. it is not just out of a movie. it's happening right now in this country. we'll explain coming up next in a live report right here on "america's news headquarters." [ male announcer ] this is lara. her morng begins with arthritis pain. that's a coffee and two pills. the afternoon to begins with more pain and more pills. thevening guests arrive. back to sore knees. back to more pills.
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>> jamie: a huge development potentially for the prevention of heart attacks. hospitals and patients across the country are participating in tests of a brand-new device and
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it detects the early warning signs of cardiac arrest. it's a pager, folks. casey stegall live in arizona with more. hi, casey. >> just like the pagers everybody used to carry before cell phones, coronary heart disease, we hear this all the time, it is the single leading cause of death in this country. according to the national institutes of health, about 1 million americans have heart attacks every single year and the survival rates are only a little more than half of those patients. so what if you could actually predict, yes, predict a heart attack? doctors here say they're getting closer and closer to doing just that with the help of a new device called the angel med guardian. it looks and works just like a pager, a small chip about the size of a silver dollar is implanted into the patient's chest and constantly monitoring their ticker. the moment an abnormality is detected, the chip vibrates gently in their chest while an external pager beeps and flashes. this can all happen before a
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patient even knows they're about to have a heart attack and if they get to the hospital in time, listen to this, doctors could actually stop it before it ever happens. >> oftentimes heart attacks occur in a stuttering fashion, where just like an earthquake, there are tremors that occur before the major quake occurs. we'd like to pull the patient in right away when the first tremors begin. >> i go to sleep at night and don't worry about it. i don't think about it anymore because i have this monitor and i carry it with me at all times. >> this new technology is currently undergoing clinical trials and there are about 600 patients that are participating in this study at a handful of hospitals around the country. the hospital back here in mesa one of them. all told, it could take about three years before the f.d.a. gives its final seal of approval and this becomes main stream. but jamie, as you can imagine, a lot of people, especially
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cardiac patients, are very excited about this. >> jamie: i would imagine we'll stay on it for them. thanks. >> kelly: all right. feeling under the weather? "consumer reports" may have just the thing for you. perhaps the prescription for whatever ails you and there are some surprises. [ male announcer ] ntgomery and abigail haggins
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>> kelly: got a health problem? turns out that priciest prescription drugs may not be the best drugs for what ails you. >> jamie: don't believe sinus "consumer reports" did the digging and they're findings show you you just might be wasting your money. here is how. lisa gill, prescription drugs editor for "consumer reports" health, she knows it all. tell us, how much can we save and a generics really the same? >> they are, it's the exact same active ingredient in generic drug in a brand number drug. the difference is that they look a little different, they may not have the same color. the coatings might be different. but it is the same. >> kelly: then why do so many people -- i know i do when i see generic, say, i'm not sure about them. >> oh, when is the last time you saw a generic drug ad?
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usually most medications, the brand-new, expensive brand name medications are what you see advertised on television. >> jamie: what did you bring? some you can get over the counter, you don't need a prescription? >> exactly. we found american cost save thousands of dollars a year. what we found for pain. it's one of the most common reasons people seek treatment. things like migraine, back pain, headaches, so on. it turns out that aleeve or advil, and ibuprofen are every bit as effective as sop of the really effective brand name drugs like celebrex. you want to make sure that you don't take these every day. you want to go to the doctor if you're having pain more regularly. but worth a try. >> jamie: now you have something for heartburn. a lot of people suffer from this. >> i have heartburn. i had heartburn yesterday from having extra pizza. pen roany pee -- pepperoni
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pizza. make sure you don't go right to the potent drug, just like you've seen advertisements for nexum, the purple pill. it works well, but generic, particularly this one works every bit as effective. they're as safe, and it's significantly less expensive. you can get it anywhere. >> jamie: if you aren't going to buy prescription drugs, there are some programs that can save you money also. >> that we found americans aren't using, like wal-mart, k-mart, target, it turns out there are -- there are programs that will save you significant amount of money. the 4-dollar programs or $10 for three-month supply. >> kelly: i know wal-mart provides those 4-dollar programs and other stores are following suit to compete. >> absolutely. they're covering more drugs than ever. almost every store in the united states, even your mom and pop independent stores, don't be afraid to ask if they'll meet or beat those prices.
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>> jamie: you were going to tell us about cholesterol drug. >> one of every four americans over the age of 45 is taking a medication to lower cholesterol. drugs like lipitor, they work really well, but they may not be for everybody. another generic may work for some folks just as well and save you thousands of dollars a year. >> kelly: something you pointed out, the last time -- when was the last time you saw a generic advertised? does that point out -- would that point out that those that advertise are going to cost more because you're paying for those dollars? >> exactly. it doesn't mean they're not good drugs. 'cause they're all effective. >> jamie: "consumer reports" makes us smarter. thank you very much. >> thanks. >> jamie: that's going to do it for us. >> kelly: stay tuned for the fox report coming up next. i'll see you tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. eastern. have a great night. everybody. [ engine revs ]
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